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National Television contracts

A. Canadian TV Contracts: (all figures US$)

1) CBC/HNIC: $100-110 MM/yr

2) TSN: $33.5-50 MM/yr [6 yr term, 2009]
** TSN: $100MM/yr for rights fee and
The agreement commences with the 2008-09 season and runs through 2013-14. Reportedly, the deal is worth approx. $100 million, with TSN's rights fees possibly half that.

Under terms of the deal, TSN secures exclusive Canadian specialty television rights for national English-language broadcast and digital coverage of NHL games. Details of the agreement are as follows:
  • TSN will televise 70 regular-season games annually; for the first time, all games will feature at least one Canadian team
  • TSN will televise the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the possibility of featuring a Canadian team in the Conference Quarter-Finals; marks the first time TSN would have coverage of a Canadian team in the post-season
  • Vast majority of games will be in High Definition on TSN HD
  • Suite of digital rights for TSN telecasts includes broadband, wireless and video-on-demand
  • Continued exclusivity of Wednesday Night Hockey, in which there are no other national or local telecasts
  • Continued exclusive Canadian coverage of the NHL Entry Draft and NHL Draft Lottery Special
  • Under the current television deal set to expire at the end of the season TSN only showed playoff games in the U.S.
  • Headlining TSN’s increased Canadian team coverage is the Toronto Maple Leafs with 17 appearances annually, followed by Montreal with 15, and 10 appearances each for Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa.
Links for 1 & 2:

Neither TSN nor the league would comment on the money involved in the new deal, but sources estimate TSN will pay the league between $35-million and $40-million a year, bringing the total to more than $200-million, by far the most TSN has ever paid for NHL rights.
TSN also will air 15 Montreal Canadiens telecasts and 10 from each of the four other Canadian teams.
Seven of those TSN Leafs games are the property of the NHL, but the remaining 10 are regional games owned by the Leafs. TSN will purchase the 10 from regional rights holder Rogers Sportsnet. The NHL and the five Canadian teams outside Toronto agreed to allow TSN to take those 10 games nationally.

The CBC's six-year extension, announced last year, will kick in next season and cost the network about $100-million a year. The schedule will involve the Saturday night doubleheader, most of the Canadian content in the playoffs and exclusivity to the Stanley Cup final.
3) RDS: $15 MM/yr (total $35 MM/yr, but Canadiens receive $20 MM)
Earlier this week, TSN's French-language partner, Réseau des Sports, announced six-year contract extensions with the Montreal Canadiens and NHL, beginning immediately.

The combination deal, involving both the club and league, is probably worth about $35-million — $20-million to the Canadiens and $15-million to the NHL.

RDS will air all 82 Canadiens regular-season games and a full NHL playoff schedule. The RDS sports news channel, RIS, will carry up to 55 NHL games and playoff matchups. Broadband rights are included in the agreement.

RDS president Gerry Frappier said increased interest by competitors in Canadiens television rights prompted RDS to expedite a deal with the club and league. Canadiens audiences over the past five years have almost doubled, growing from an average of 399,000 in 2001-02, when three networks aired the games, to 717,000 last season, when RDS was the sole carrier.
B. United States TV Contracts:

1) NBC:
-->2007-08: <$5 MM each ($3 MM per Brooks)
Looks Like NBC & The NHL Again Next Season
by Paul on 12/10/08 at 09:01 AM ET

via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL is expected to extend its TV deal with NBC through the 2009-10 season. The profit-sharing arrangement has made money for both sides, but not a great deal. The NHL and NBC each earned a profit of less than $5-million (U.S.) from the 2007-08 season, according to sources.

The extension makes sense for the NHL, which would have games airing on NBC, the U.S. Olympic network, in January of 2010 before the hockey tournament in February.
Under their current agreement, NBC pays for production costs of NHL games and both parties sell advertising for those broadcasts. The advertising revenue covers production costs first and the remaining profits are split 80-20 between the NHL and NBC, respectively.

2) VERSUS: $72.5 MM/yr

Note - both NBC and Versus contracts expire in June 2011.

**** NBC/Versus: $200MM/yr for ten years (expires June 2021).

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C. International:

Signed in 2011:

The NHL’s five-year pact with broadcaster Modern Times Group is valued at more than $50 million and includes Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. The agreement marks a big step in the league’s efforts to increase its international exposure, particularly in Europe.

The deal is the largest of several the NHL has struck in recent weeks, as it negotiates its international rights. The league has also sealed deals in France, the U.K., Spain and the Czech-Slovak market. The league also cut deals in Africa and the Middle East.

Last edited by Fugu: 10-13-2013 at 11:19 PM. Reason: added international
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